RTW TRIP ANARADHAPURA, SRI LANKA DAY 137-138: CYCLING AROUND RUINS

Compared to India, I thought taking local Sri Lankan buses was pretty painless.  There always seems to be red buses going in your direction, and the cost is cheap.  The only thing you… Continue reading

RTW TRIP COLOMBO, SRI LANKA DAY 136: THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT INDIA

Today was spent meandering the city of Colombo, and recovering from food poisoning from the kottu roti.  Poor Greg had it worse than me! First impressions of Sri Lanka: It is so clean!… Continue reading

RTW TRIP COLOMBO, SRI LANKA DAY 135: A SURPRISE VISIT TO SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka was not on our original itinerary for our around the world trip, but after we talked to our friend in India about it, we decided to make a detour.  I can… Continue reading

THE COOL KIDS SAY INDIA IS AWESOME! A TWO TO THREE MONTH ITINERARY

Why go? So many people are discouraged to go to India for so many silly reasons.  You hear bad things on the news about India, you are afraid of getting sick, you are… Continue reading

RTW TRIP CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA DAY 132 – 134: FAREWELL INDIA!

Our final stop in Southern India was a sad one for me, mainly because I wasn’t charmed by Chennai, and also because it was the only place I got sick in all of… Continue reading

RTW TRIP MAMALLAPURAM, TAMIL NADU, INDIA DAY 130 – 131: MOVING INTO BACKPACKISTAN

A surprisingly charming stop was Mamallapuram.  When we first arrived to the town also known as Mahabalipuram, all we saw were a lot of stone carving stores, guesthouse after guesthouse, and clothing shops… Continue reading

RTW TRIP PONDICHERRY, TAMIL NADU, INDIA DAY 127 – 129: WHEN YOU WANT TO BE IN FRANCE WHILE VISITING INDIA

We took a cheap bus ride from Thiruvannamalai to Pondicherry for a mere 115 rupees.  Pondicherry is another one of those charming towns, with French colonial buildings with cute little stores, trees along… Continue reading

RTW TRIP THIRUVANNAMALAI, INDIA DAY 125 -126: MEETING PILGIMS AND CATCHING A GREAT VIEW

We hopped on a local bus from Vellore to Thiruvannamalai.  We didn’t know what to expect really, but knew some tourists come here to see the temples. When we arrived, we were hot… Continue reading

RTW TRIP VELLORE, TAMIL NADU, INDIA DAY 124: A NON-MEDICAL VISIT IN MEDICAL TOURISM TOWN

We overestimated our stay in India, so we spent a few days here and there in small towns eating good food and just hanging out. We stopped off in Vellore, only because we… Continue reading

RTW TRIP BANGALORE, INDIA DAY 117 – 123: What To Do in Bangalore

The next few days in Bangalore were surprisingly very chill and relaxed since Greg was sick in bed at our friend’s and since one of our friends was in India with crutches.  I… Continue reading

RTW TRIP BANGALORE, INDIA DAY 116: THE BANGALORE BLAST

We were excited to head to Bangalore, as we were meeting up with some New York friends here.  After a long and pretty comfortable sleeper bus from Trivandrum to Bangalore, we arrived at… Continue reading

RTW TRIP TRIVANDRUM, INDIA DAY 110 TO 115: THE IMAGINATION FOR ‘LIFE OF PI’ STARTED HERE

We were going to head to Madurai for a few days over Christmas, but Booking.com and Agoda.com had zero hotels available online.  We thought a good workaround would be to head to Trivandrum,… Continue reading

RTW TRIP VARKALA BEACH, KERALA, INDIA DAY 104 TO 109: GOA’S BUDGET FOODIE COUSIN

Goa seems to get all the attention when it comes to beach time in India, but our next destination was just as good, if not better, depending on what you like about beach… Continue reading

RTW TRIP MUNROE ISLAND, KERALA, INDIA DAY 102 TO 103: A REAL HOMESTAY IN THE BACKWATERS OF KERALA

One of the top experiences we had in Southern India was spending a few days at a homestay in Munroe Island.  This was the first homestay that actually felt like a homestay.  While… Continue reading

RTW TRIP ALLEPPEY, INDIA DAY 99 TO 101: TO HOUSEBOAT OR NOT TO HOUSEBOAT?

From Kottayam, there are public ferries that can take you through the backwaters of Alleppey (also known as Alappuzha).  Most people head to Alleppey, a great town filled with backwater streets, farm life,… Continue reading

RTW TRIP KOTTAYAM, INDIA DAY 98: PIT STOP TO THE BACKWATERS OF KERALA

Our next stop was to head to the backwaters of Alleppey.  Since Fort Kochi to Allepey was quite a bit to travel in one day, we broke it up by staying in Kottayam… Continue reading

RTW TRIP KOCHI, INDIA DAY 94 TO 97: EATING AND DRINKING YOUR WAY AROUND COLONIAL TOWN

We were looking forward to our visit to Kochi, as we had read that Fort Kochi had colonial buildings with some nice streets with cute little cafés and restaurants.  A lot of travelers were… Continue reading

RTW Trip Mysore, India Day 91 to 93: The City of Many Faces

We took a non AC sleeper train to Mysore, a nice city stop in Southern India.  Normally, I find cities in India to be charmless, but Mysore provided some great entertainment for a… Continue reading

RTW Trip Hampi, India Day 88 to 90: Biking Boulders in Hampi

Another overnight bus took us to Hampi in northern Karnataka, the land of UNESCO World Heritage Site ruins, boulders, and a river bathing elephant.  What’s great about this religious center, is that you… Continue reading

RTW Trip Palolem, India Day 84 to 87: Jason Bourne Style Vacationing

If you are a fan of the Bourne Identity movies, you will see Matt Damon’s character, Jason Bourne jogging on a calm beach in India in the second installment.  Where is this?  Palolem… Continue reading

RTW Trip Goa, India Day 82 and Day 83: The Beaches of South Goa

The next few days were spent motorbiking around Southern Goa.  Here is a sum up of where we went, with some tips! – Benaulim Beach: Busy beach with a lot of restaurants.  Too… Continue reading

RTW Trip Goa, India Day 81: Getting Started in South Goa

Getting from North Goa to South Goa isn’t too hard and is very easy on your wallet.  You just have to be prepared to ride on some long, hot buses with blaring music,… Continue reading

RTW Trip Goa, India Day 80: Key Highlights of Northern Goa

Other than doing a couple errands sending a package back to the States, we had our routine down in Northern Goa.  Get up, go to the beach, eat some food, have some beers,… Continue reading

RTW Trip Goa, India Day 79: Remnants of the Old Hippie Trail in Chapora

We decided to stay longer than expected in northern Goa, but since Bean Me Up Hotel was fully booked the next night with their guests from the Bike festival in Vagator, we opted… Continue reading

RTW Trip Goa, India Day 78: Having a non-beach day in Old Goa

Today, we ventured through Old Goa to see some grandiose churches and cute little restaurants.  There wasn’t a whole lot to see in Old Goa, but it was nice to ride around on… Continue reading